This is the classic 2-volt electric motor Phonograph that was the only practical talking machine from 1888 until 1895. These were originally leased by the North American Phonograph Company for $40.00 per year. In 1891 customers could finally buy them, but the $150 price kept sales low. This 1890 machine comes with its rare original “Standard Speaker” which carries a reproducing AND recording stylus. The mahogany cabinet is the earlier of two styles supplied by North American for the Class “M.” This particular example was distinguished by special decoration as evidenced in the accompanying photograph. Unfortunately, the original decoration was in very poor condition, but it was faithfully replicated by David Teti. The Edison Class “M” Phonograph is rare and highly desirable.